ENVIS Centre on Wetland Ecosystems including Inland Wetlands
   Hosted by Sálim Ali Centre for Ornithology and Natural History(SACON), Coimbatore
   Sponsored by Ministry of Environment, Forest & Climate Change, Govt. of India

Environmental information plays a vital role not only in formulating environmental management policies but also in the decision making process aiming at environmental protection and improvement of environment for sustaining good quality of life for the living beings. Hence, management of environment is key component and thus plays an important role in effecting a balance between the demands and resources available for keeping the environmental quality at a satisfactory level. Realizing such need Ministry set up an Environmental Information System (ENVIS) in 1983 as a plan programme as a comprehensive network in environmental information collection, collation, storage, retrieval and dissemination to varying users, which include decision-makers, researchers, academicians, policy planners and research scientists, etc. ENVIS was conceived as a distributed information network with the subject-specific centers to carry out the mandates and to provide the relevant and timely information to all concerned. Further, association of the various State Governments/UTs was also felt necessary in promoting the ENVIS network to cover a wide range of subjects. The subject area for States/UTs ENVIS Centers was the status of environment and related issues. Thus, the network was expanded gradually with the involvement of thematic subject-areas and State Government/UT departments to make it a more comprehensive environmental information network. ENVIS network at present consists of a chain of 67 network partners out of which 39 are on subject-specific and 28 on State/UT related issues. These network partners are called ENVIS Centers and are located in the notable organizations/institutions/State/UT Government Departments/Universities throughout the country. The focal point of ENVIS is located in the Ministry and assists the Environment Information (EI) Division in coordinating the activities of all the ENVIS network partners by making ENVIS a web-enabled comprehensive information system.

The Sálim Ali Centre for Ornithology and Natural History(SACON) is one of the centres of excellence of the Ministry of Environment, Forest & Climate Change, Government of India. SACON's mission is "To help conserve India's biodiversity and its sustainable use through research, education and peoples' participation with birds at the centre stage".

 SACON's research activities are governed by a team of Research Advisory Council, constituted of renowned forest managers, wildlife scientists, environmentalist and policy makers. The scientific staff are organized into the division of Avian Ecology, Wetland Ecology, Terrestrial Ecology, Ecotoxicology, Environmental Impact Assessment, Conservation Biology, Library and Information. The research projects of each division come under a few major themes or intiatives to which the committed. SACON is located at Anaikatty, 24km northwest of coimbatore city.

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